Joseph Sferra is a composer, performer and theorist who advocates for a broad musical curiosity as an essential trait of a modern musician, and he embodies this in his teaching and creative work. As a clarinetist, he is featured on both abstract electronic improvisation with the ACCAD Sonic Arts Ensemble for Ravello Records and American Roots music with The Deep Roots Ensemble for 4Tay Records. His compositions entertain with popular gestures while revealing a love for the harmonic and formal ideas of modernist concert music, and have been featured in performances in the US, Canada and Spain. His research interests encompass a wide variety of subjects across music of the 20th and 21st centuries. 


  • BA in Music Theory/Composition, Saint Olaf College (2011)
  • MM in Music Composition, The Ohio State University (2013)
  • Ph.D. in Music Composition, SUNY-Stony Brook (2018)

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music, 2022-present
  • ​SUNY-Potsdam, 2019-2022
  • Vassar College, 2019
  • Earlham College, 2018